Governor of the Oryol region of the Russian Federation Vadim Potomsky has answered the questions of the presenter of the program Week on the CTV.
What common ground can Belarus and Orel region have?
I'll get tired of listing the number of contact points. We signed a number of documents. Moreover, the chairman of the Government Mr Kobyakov instructed to prepare the document, he will sign it. This is a document on cooperation already, you understand. That is, we have considered a number of questions. Issues related to agriculture. We are an agricultural region, we have black soil. But you have a very good quality processing. Despite the fact that we are an agrarian region we still import much from Belarus. And it's great, we will continue to do so. The conversation is about stepping up the pace of processing in the Orel region, using the technology of our Belarusian partners that have developed well enough. You see, if we take the European part, we are always given an example of Germany, France (especially in milk production), Belgium... But Belarus today is not inferior in any case. We want to use these technologies.
45 million people live in our region, and the market is huge. We are in the heart of Russia, we are surrounded by five Russian regions. I have discussed today with your President that we need to establish a logistics center, a base for the Republic of Belarus on the territory of the Oryol region in several areas: agriculture and industrial production. And, you know, Mr Lukashenko agreed with me. He is such a person: if he says something, he will do it. We had that solid handshake. And when we met with the Prime Minister we saw that some instructions had already been given because the talks went smoothly.
You have Belarusian roots, don't you?
Yes, my father is from Zhodino, he is Belarusian, he was born in Zhodino, graduated from high school, became a master of sports in Zhodino and went to work at the plant BelAZ. And, of course, I wish my father saw today where I am, saw President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko shake my hand... I remember the Sports Palace, the streets. Sure, they have changed, but I do remember the young Spectator Theater, the Sports Palace...
Do you eat Belarusian products?
With pleasure! I have Belarusian products at home. Yes, many Russians eat Belarusian products. We have extended networks of Belarusian shops. One of the most popular goods is Belarusian sausage. It enjoys a very high demand, because the price segment is competitive, the quality is undeniably better than that of imported analogues. Much better. I will even tell you: if in Moscow people see Belarusian sausage at shops, they don't look further, they just buy it.